Ryan Thornburg has a special interest in online journalism and the future of journalism. He came to the school in July 2007.

Before coming to UNC, he spent his career in the newsroom, focusing on online journalism. Most recently, he was the managing editor of USNews.com, the online arm of U.S. News & World Report. He also served as a managing editor for Congressional Quarterly’s website, cq.com, and the national/international editor for the Washington Post’s website, washingtonpost.com.

His work in online media contributed to several professional awards, including seven EPPY awards for his work with washingtonpost.com. The EPPY Awards competition honors Internet sites affiliated with the media industry. Thornburg and his staff also have been finalists for competitions by the Online News Association.

He also has worked professionally as a producer for washingtonpost.com, managing election data, writing articles and producing breaking news. He has served as a classroom guest speaker, journalism panelist and participant for numerous media organizations.

Education

  • M.A., The George Washington University
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill